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Waste reduction in office buildings
Outlines the steps you can take to make your office more sustainable. Includes posters for your print room.
Business Recycling Directory
Business Recycling lists national and local re-use and recycling options for around 90 different materials.
National Packaging Covenant
The National Packaging Covenant is a voluntary initiative by government and industry, to reduce the environmental effects of packaging on the environment.
Umbrella site for Victorian initiatives in Waste reduction and purchasing (incorporates EcoRecycle)
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities - Plastics
Commonwealth policies and initiatives for plastic waste and recycling
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities - Electrical and electronic product stewardship strategy
Commonwealth policies and initiatives for electrical products
Newspaper and magazine recycling - Publishers National Environment Bureau Ltd
National environmental initiatives by the publishers of newspapers and magazines
Cansmart - Steel Can Recycling Council
Recycling initiatives by the manufacturers, retailers, consumers and recyclers of steel cans
European waste and recycling
European government policies and initiatives on waste and recycling
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NSW Government Procurement Policy
The Procurement Policy is an overarching framework for all government procurement and applies to all government departments, statutory authorities, trusts and other government entities.
Information on government purchasing contracts for NSW departments, statutory authorities, trusts and other government entities.
Purchasing Office Products and Recycled Content Papers
Guides to sustainable purchasing of office paper and equipment. (Including the Know Your Paper Guide)
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)
EPP is a US EPA nation-wide program that encourages and assists government agencies in the purchasing of environmentally preferable products and services.
US Office of the Federal Environmental Executive
Umbrella site for US federal government initiatives on waste prevention, recycling, green purchasing and electronics stewardship
Waste Reduction Ideas for Offices
A list of waste reduction ideas intended to help you think of new ways to prevent waste and save money. Includes fact sheets California State Government, USA
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Online procurement for NSW Government agencies and state owned corporations, includes information on environmental criteria. Using Greenbuy (Sustainable Catalogues) a user can search for sustainable products
A leader in today's procurement market, assisting buyers and suppliers to do business with government. nswbuy is operated by NSW Procurement
Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Includes a range of fact sheets, purchasing tools and checklists covering commonly purchase items. Also contains links to other Department of Environment, Heritage and the Arts initiatives on eco-efficiency and the greening of government.
UK Improvement and Development Agency
Detailed summary of sustainable procurement issues with a focus on Sustainable procurement for Local Government. Particularly useful is the Sustainable procurement strategy for local government
UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Provides general information about UK Government sustainable procurement programs and links to a variety of sustainable procurement resources.
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Australian Procurement and Construction Council
As a leader in government procurement the APCC drives procurement solutions which deliver efficiency gains, savings and added value for government, industry and the community. Includes the Australian and New Zealand Government Framework for Sustainable Procurement
Queensland State Procurement Policy
The State Procurement Policy delivers benefits for Government, suppliers and the community through the commitment to three equally ranked objectives: advancing Government Priorities, seeking value for money and purchasing with probity and accountability. Sustainability Victoria
Victorian Government agency website containing information about sustainable procurement.CHOICE
Independent product comparisons against a wide range of criteria including durability, energy and water efficiencyEnergy Star (Australia)
A useful guide which helps you address sustainability issues in the office. Includes advice on purchasing sustainable office equipment and consumables.Mandatory Energy Efficiency Labelling and Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS)
Official site explaining Australian Energy Efficiency ratings scheme for a variety of appliances.
Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme
The WELS Scheme labels a range of products for water efficiency, helping Australian households to save water and money.
Smart Approved WaterMark
A voluntary, not-for-profit program that helps you to make an informed choice about saving water around your home, garden and pool. Products and services with the Smart Approved WaterMark label have been assessed by an independent technical expert panel.Energy Star (US)
US EPA backed program addressing energy efficiency of common appliances, lighting systems and heating and cooling systems. Website outlines the product certification scheme as well as providing background information and purchasing tips on how to purchase the most energy efficient products.
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Contains advice to consumers and industry regarding requirements for environmental claims in marketing, including a hotline for consumers to report misleading claims.
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Can provide advice on sustainable products available on State Government Supply contracts. Guidelines on sustainability purchasing can be downloaded from their website.
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Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
Federal Dept of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts site on sustainable buildings.
Building Designers Association of NSW
Industry association on planning to reduce construction and demolition waste
National Timber Product Stewardship Group
The National Timber Product Stewardship Group (NTPSG) is an initiative of the timber and wood products industry.
A non-profit Canadian corporation which develops and manages activities and projects promoting technical solutions and innovations for a sustainable economy. EcoSmart manages a portfolio of projects such as the "EcoSmart Concrete" project, "The Sustainable Condo", "Sustainable Building Technology Cluster" and "Building Performance Evaluation".
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Umbrella site for NSW Government environmental initiatives
NSW Climate Change programs
A comprehensive overview of climate change and greenhouse related issues, including the NSW Greenhouse Plan
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (Aust)
Australian Government's website for greenhouse/climate change information
WSN Education page
General information on waste disposal and recovery methods. Click on the menu to find what to do with various waste materials.
Waste Wise Events
Information on planning one-off events to reduce waste and maximise recycling
Standard Recycling Signs
Standard designs for recycling signs to assist with labelling of bins in the workplace and at events
Umbrella site for waste reduction initiatives Municipal Waste Advisory Council - West Australian Government
Umbrella site for Canadian environmental initiatives
UK Environment Agency
Umbrella site for UK environmental initiatives
US EPA Solid Waste Program
Umbrella site for US Federal Government's solid waste initiatives
Californian Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
Umbrella site for Californian Government's waste initiatives (Formerly CIWMB)
OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
International waste and recycling policies and initiatives
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Page last updated: 27 February 2011